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Cosmic Unity
Artist
Family Atlantica
Label
Soundway Records
Catalogue Number
SNDWD082
Release Date
May 13, 2016

Award-winning, London-based Family Atlantica are back with their far-reaching second album ‘Cosmic Unity’, which follows on from their 2013 eponymous debut - an album that won the band a range of awards including Songlines Magazine’s Best Newcomers 2015.

‘Cosmic Unity’, like the band itself, mirrors the mixed-up, intercontinental terrain of their home town. Moving through genres as diverse as psychedelic highlife, steel-pan Ethio-funk, calypso, biao and scorching equatorial jazz underpinned by deep afro-Atlantic dance rhythms, they have created a cohesive, forward-looking sound that echoes classic tropical recordings of the past whilst still sounding fresh and contemporary. Lush string and horn arrangements give way to acidic commentary on the immigration system and slavery as well as incantations of unity.

Producer and multi-instrumental director, Jack Yglesias (also a core member of the underground pysch-jazz-funk unit The Heliocentrics) leads the explosive ensemble. Alongside Jack, the band features the powerful vocals and poetry of Venezuelan diva Luzmira Zerpa and the percussive West African mastery of Nigerian/Ghanaian Kwame ‘natural power’ Crentsil as well as Adrian Owusu (Guitar).

Joining them as guests on the album are two musical legends: The Sun Ra Arkestra’s bandleader Marshall Allen on alto saxophone, ewi and vocals, and Nigerian Afro-beat colossus Orlando Julius on tenor sax who was at the time of the recording living with Yglesias and Zerpa. The diversity of the Family Atlantica project is reflected in the lyrics, with singing and poetry in Spanish, English, Yoruba and Portuguese. This is a rapid-fire, rhythm-heavy journey, simultaneously moving between the past and future of trans-Atlantic roots music.

REVIEWS

“A borderline chaotic mix of highlife, Ethiopian jazz and Cuban rumba along with a surface shimmer of 1960s psychedelia” The Independent

“An exuberant, percussive and increasingly sophisticated outfit” The Guardian

Digital Track List

  1. 1 Okoroba 4:38 Buy
  2. 2 Enjera 3:12 Buy
  3. 3 Cacao 3:36 Buy
  4. 4 Visa 0:41 Buy
  5. 5 Puerta 2:05 Buy
  6. 6 La Humanidad 3:31 Buy
  7. 7 El Río 0:44 Buy
  8. 8 Baião Infinito 3:25 Buy
  9. 9 Neti Neti 3:01 Buy
  10. 10 Near the Ocean 0:16 Buy
  11. 11 Efik 3:21 Buy
  12. 12 Blue Atlantic 1:05 Buy
  13. 13 Cosmic Unity 3:18 Buy
  14. 14 Blanca y Negra 0:54 Buy
  15. 15 Canto de Pilón 3:00 Buy

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